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    • Scalar implicatures and the grammar of plurality and disjunction 

      Ivlieva, Natalia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      This dissertation explores the role of scalar implicatures in the grammar of plurality and disjunction. I argue that scalar implicatures are relevant not only for the meaning of plurals and disjunctions, but also for their ...
    • Scope theory revisited : lessons from pied-piping in wh-questions 

      Demirok, Ömer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      It is widely assumed that both the movement-based theory of scope and the scope-based theory of intensionality fall short in the face of empirical challenges like 'exceptional' scope out of extraction islands and the ...
    • The search for new axioms 

      Koellner, Peter, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      Abstract The independence results in set theory invite the search for new and justified axioms. In Chapter 1 I set the stage by examining three approaches to justifying the axioms of standard set theory (stage theory, ...
    • The secret life of pronouns 

      Nikolaeva, Liudmila, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      This thesis explores the relationship between anaphora and movement on a wide array of data primarily from Russian. I argue that anaphors and pronominals are underlyingly the same syntactic entity, an index, whereas ...
    • Seeing through opacity : a defense of the Russellian view of propositional attitudes 

      Clapp, Leonard Jay (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994)
    • Segmental alternations and metrical theory 

      Vaysman, Olga (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This dissertation focuses on phonological alternations that are influenced or constrained by word-internal prosody, i.e. prominence and foot structure, and what these alternations can tell us about metrical theory. Detailed ...
    • Self-identification and self-knowledge 

      Kwon, Hongwoo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      The traditional view has it that self-locating beliefs are distinctive in that they have distinctive contents. Against this, I claim that the distinctive element of self-locating beliefs should be placed outside contents. ...
    • The semantic significance of referential intentions 

      Reimer, Margaret (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
    • A semantic theory of the English auxiliary system. 

      Woisetschlaeger, Erich Friedrich (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977)
    • The semantics and metaphysics of contingent identity 

      Gray, Anthony E., 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      The thesis is divided into three chapters. The first chapter considers how we ought to understand a thesis of contingent identity if it is to accomplish the work it is proposed to accomplish while at the same time avoiding ...
    • Semantics and phonology in syntax 

      Csirmaz, Aniko (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      In this thesis I argue that morphology should be allowed to interpret not only the information provided by the syntactic component, but also compositional semantic properties. This conception of grammar requires morphology ...
    • The semantics of the English progressive 

      Kearns, Katherine Susan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
    • The semantics of the future 

      Copley, Bridget, Lynn, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
      Natural languages use a number of different methods to refer to future eventualities: among them are futurates, as in (la), and futures, as in (lb) and (c). (1) a. The Red Sox (are) play(ing) the Yankees tomorrow. b. We'll ...
    • Semnantic and syntactic aspects of romance sentential complementation 

      Rochette, Anne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988)
    • Sentential complementation in modern Greek 

      Ingria, Robert Joseph Peter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981)
    • Sets and their sizes 

      Katz, Fredric M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981)
    • Siding with Euthyphro : response-dependence, essentiality, and the individuation of ordinary objects 

      Sveinsdóttir, Ásta Kristjana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      (cont.) essentiality. I start with our practices of engaging in thought experiments about the essences of things and show how my account vindicates those practices.
    • The significance of fairness/ 

      Hosein, Adam (Adam Omar) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This dissertation is about fairness and the role it plays in political and personal morality. Specifically, I investigate when it is appropriate to rely on considerations of fairness to draw substantive conclusions about ...
    • The significance of intuitions of contingency for the mind-body problem 

      Feldmann, Judith M. (Judith Mary) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
    • The significance of metaphysics 

      Graham, Andrew J. (Andrew John) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      In this thesis, I investigate the nature of metaphysics and the role it plays in our broader theoretical pursuits. In doing so, I defend it against various criticisms and offer a novel conception of why metaphysical disputes ...